Changes to self-isolation rules

Lady isolating

From 22 December, the rules regarding self-isolation have changed.  If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you must self-isolate.  However, you can now take a lateral flow device test (LFD) on day six and day seven of your isolation period, these must be at least 24 hours apart. If they are both negative and you do not have a high temperature, you will be released from isolation on day seven. This replaces the previous 10-day self-isolation period.

If either of these tests are positive, you must continue to isolate. 

If you are leaving self-isolation earlier than day 10, you are strongly advised to follow the current Winter Plan B regulations in place, including limiting close contact with others outside your household, especially in crowded, enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces, work from home if you can and limit contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19.  

Rules for close contacts remain the same.  If you are fully vaccinated and are a close contact of a positive case, you should do daily LFDs for seven days. If you get a positive LFD you should get a confirmatory PCR test and isolate.

Unvaccinated close contacts of positive cases are still required to isolate for the full 10 days, regardless of test results. 

Anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate and get a PCR test. They should remain in isolation until the result comes back.

Anyone who tests positive following a PCR test is still legally required to self-isolate, regardless of vaccination status. This is to reduce the risk of it being passed on to others.

We know that self-isolating is hard, but it is very important you comply with the rules to prevent others from getting ill, especially the ones you love. If you don’t self-isolate when you should, you will be breaking the law and could face a fine.

If you need help while self-isolating, support is available on our support for residents page.

Full details of the regulations around self-isolation are available on our how to self-isolate page.